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CBD from Hemp vs. CBD from Marijuana – What’s the Difference?

About CBD oil
CBD is a compound extracted from cannabis plants. It has been shown to have many positive health benefits, both in animal and human studies. It’s been shown to treat symptoms of anxiety, epilepsy and even prevent neuro-degenerative diseases. There is a slight difference when you compare CBD from different cannabis plants. There are two basic kinds of cannabis varieties that come from one mother plant: hemp and marijuana, both of which yield CBD.

Marijuana CBD vs Hemp CBD
Hemp is the masculine strain and marijuana is the female. While they are different, both yield CBD and other compounds, and there is little scientific difference between the quality and chemical makeup of the CBD retrieved from either. Both have the same effect on the brain. The main difference between the cannabidiol oil produced from the sibling plants is a matter of legality. Hemp is purposely grown for its low THC, high CBD qualities. It naturally produces a CBD oil that has only 0.3 percent (or less) of the compound called THC, which is the psychoactive compound that gives people the feeling of being high. With a percentage so low, growers can get away with saying that hemp oil is THC-free, which makes it 100 percent legal in all 50 states.


That being said, some of it actually IS THC-FREE. If it is an isolate, it could very well be genuinely THC-Free. It is recommended to look at the independent lab results, because every reputable CBD company should have those on hand and available. Some websites have them posted under a link or tab somewhere. Look for it. You want to know what you are getting and if you want ABSOLUTELY NO THC, you need to look to the isolates. Look at the purity, the percentage of CBD. Look at the percentage of THC. Look at the ingredients. What is the carrier oil? Know what you are getting.

Marijuana plants, on the other hand, produce a CBD that could have a higher level of THC with it. Recent horticultural efforts have produced marijuana plants that contain very little THC; If that percentage reaches anywhere above 0.3 percent, it is considered illegal in the U.S. except for the following states: Washington, Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon, Alaska and Maine. This list will grow and change so do your research! Aside from the matter of legality, there is very little chemical difference between the two producers. While the traces of THC is higher in marijuana, it is not usually enough to produce any kind of psychoactive effect.

Is One Better Than the Other?
With the very slight chemical difference, some have wondered if hemp or marijuana CBD oil is better for consumption overall. The simple answer is that both are evenly beneficial. While neither plant is better than another chemically, it is a safer and more widely recommended for people to choose hemp because of the legal issue. This is especially true if you live in a state that has not fully legalized all aspects of cannabis.